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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

A look at what’s happening in the Richmond World of Beer or at least the events we think you shouldn’t miss.

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September Bottle Share – The Hop and Cannon & Draw, Thursday

Bottle Shares are a great chance to find a new favorite beer or sing the praises of your favorite underappreciated beer.

The Hop Craft Pizza & Beer is having our first Monthly Bottle Share in partnership with Canon & Draw Brewing Company! We’l be having these bottle shares on the last THURSDAY of EVERY month!

Following the bottle share we’ll all walk over to Canon & Draw for a nightcap round and discuss some of our favorite beers from the share.

Bring your fresh, cellared, interesting, intriguing, old time favorite, current favorite, any craft beer to share!

Limited tasting glassware will be available for purchase for $4 at the bottle share.


3rd Annual Battle of the Brews! – Westchester Commons Sedona Taphouse, Saturday

The only good time to head to the mall is when there is a bunch of beer to drink.

It’s back and BIGGER than ever…Join us for our 3rd Annual Battle of the Brews at Westchester Commons on Saturday, September 29th!

Entry is FREE — pay to drink and eat!

Help us decide which brewery will receive a dedicated tap for the next 6 months! We are featuring beers from your favorite brewing companies:

Ardent Craft Ales
Center of the Universe Brewing
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Kindred Spirit Brewing
O’Connor Brewing Co.
Steam Bell Beer Works
Stone Brewing
STRANGEWAYS BREWING
Triple Crossing Beer

Featuring LIVE MUSIC by SpudCracker and The Mad Children!


Oyster Roast – Veil Brewing Co., Saturday

As the name implies there will be plenty of oysters but there will also be food for those of us that are mollusk wary.

The Veil Brewing Co presents…. Oyster Roast 🌊
Saturday, September 29th from 12-8pm we will have Ruby Salts Oyster Company and LOWCO Eatery bringing you delicious oysters! 🤤

Raw Oysters shucked by Ruby Salts Oysters with Fried and Smoked Ruby Salts Oysters done by LOWCO Eatery.

Ruby Salts are raised in Cherrystone Creek on the lower Eastern Shore, where the Chesapeake meets the Atlantic.

All shells will be recycled by @vaoystershell

We will also be celebrating the release of Unloved, our apple brandy aged imperial oyster stout that is sure to rock yo taste budsss 👅 We will see you there muh dudes 🤙


2018 Miss Pinup RVA Competition – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Sunday

This is not your typical beauty contest. The panel of qualified pinup culture experts will be looking for poise, presentation, positivity, retro-pinup aesthetic, and charisma. Also this event is open to all genders.

Calling all Pinups! Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio are teaming up to present the 2018 Miss Pinup RVA competition! The 3rd annual event is FREE to attend and features a full day of festivities & fun for the whole family!

Come on out Sunday, September 30th to enjoy a local vendor market, an antique car show presented by River City Bombshells, food trucks, kids fashion show, LIVE music from Weeping Molly and DJ Sean Lovelace, and of course…witness all of the 2018 contestants compete to win the title of “Miss Pinup RVA 2018!”

This year all non-operational proceeds of the day’s raffle sales, beer sales, competition, vendor and car show registrations will be donated to Safe Harbor RVA!

Enjoy a beer while you support a great cause, body positive pinup artists, and local businesses!

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Scream Forest Blood Orange IPA – Three Notch’d Collab House, Thursday

Join us this Thursday for our new beer release with pint specials until 7pm. This is our second year collaborating with Three Notch’d and we are very excited about this year’s brew, a blood orange IPA. We’ll have lots of giveaways, characters and a few surprises. All are welcome!

Scream Forest Blood Orange IPA
ABV: 6.9
IBU: 40
Collaboration with Creepy Hollow Scream Park

Brewed in collaboration with Creepy Hollow Scream Park, “Scream Forest” is bursting with blood orange flavor. We dry hopped with Mosaic hops to serve as a nice base for the blood orange added right beforekegging for the freshest taste. This IPA is bloody delicious.


Nightlands Release – Triple Crossing (Foushee Street), Friday

Nightlands 10% Imperial Stout w/Coffee and Chocolate

Our Nightlands Imperial Stout conditioned on single source Columbian Coffee from Ironclad Coffee Roasters and a healthy addition of cacao nibs. We notice bright fresh roasted whole bean coffee with a deep undercurrent of dark cocoa. This will be available on draft and crowlers (no limit). Below is more information about the coffee and the farmer Adolofo.


Lodestar Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday

Let Final Gravity’s newest release, Lodestar Double IPA, guide you to flavors of citrus, peach, and lemon from the abundance of Galaxy and Mosaic hops. If after a hard week you feel you’ve lost your way, know there is a beacon of golden light shining from a beer glass right here to keep you on course.


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RVA Beer Explorer: Mural Fest, Oktoberfest, Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween, Spooktoberfest Makers Market

It’s starting to get spooky out there and our beer choices reflect that ominous mood.

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Three Notch’d Mural Fest
September 30th

This event was supposed to happen this summer but now it’s a fall event. Yay fall, yay murals, yay beer.

‘Leave Your Mark’ Mural Fest WEATHER UPDATE:
Due to the impending storm, we have unfortunately been forced to condense this weekend’s planned event into a one-day celebration of the Richmond Art Community.
We invite you to join us for our now UPGRADED #artoberVA kickoff event on Friday, which will include a Meet & Greet with our muralists, the release AND toast of ‘Stipple’ Mixed Fruit Sour,’ our collaborative beer w/ Art on Wheels & CultureWorks Richmond , and live music from Richmond local artist Musiqreiv!
Please see our Facebook event (Leave Your Mark Mural Fest) for more specific times as we determine them — let’s make the most of this situation and come together for an unforgettable night!

Hardywood Oktoberfest 2022 West Creek
October 1st

Oktoberfest goes on forever. Another one going down at West Creek.

Dust off your lederhosen and grab a feather for your hat, Oktoberfest is here!
Expect a fun day with some of your favorite Hardywood Oktoberfest traditions including:
🇩🇪 Cask tapping to kick off the day
🇩🇪 Plenty of beer including Benny & The Fest & more!
🇩🇪 Brats from Tyler’s Big Fat Meat Truck (Autumn Olive Farms) + other festive German fare from local food trucks 1115 Mobile Kitchen + Curry in a Hurry + Jiji Frozen Custard
🇩🇪 Stein holding contest with Goochland Cares
🇩🇪 Polka tunes from the Sauerkrauts, plus music from Herb & Hanson + Seth Winters + Justin Trawick & The Common Good
Limited amounts of exclusive 2022 steins will be available for purchase.
This is a fun and free all day event. Spread out on the lawn in West Creek and enjoy Oktoberfest with us!

Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween at Strangeways
September 30th

It’s either Oktoberfest themed or Halloween themed. There are no other options.

Join us for another Mystic Markets at Strangeways! 🍻
90’s theme costume contest!👻
Live music by Waking Napster!🔊
Local Vendors, Food, & Brew!!
So mark your calendars, wear your best 90’s themed costumes, and we will see you there!

Spooktoberfest Richmond Makers Market at Basic City Brewing
September 30th

Halloween or Oktoberfest like I said.

Unique finds, jewelry, and functional art.
Stickers, pins, magnets, and cutesy things.
Dog treats, and toys and collars and DOG COSTUME CONTEST.
Candles, crystals, and tarot readings.
‘gram worthy specials from Basic City Beer, Billy Pie, and Auntie Ning’s including queer beer in your choice of spooky colors.
Aergase Art
Angry Black Gxrl Art
Beer Money
bud and thorn
dagnabit
Daniela Noel Collections LLC
Dayum Jam RVA
Griot Goods
I Wear Blue Tights
Katastrophic Creations
KitColorShow
L’Essentials LLC
Merrin Winkel Art
Midnight Thicket
O Wisteria
Pretties + Papers
Pretty On the Inside Candles
Project CommuniTEA
RamsGirl Design
Ryan Myers Prints
Sarah Rebecca Crafts
Sassy Hound
Silver Bramble Jewelry
Sollie Stitches
SummerBeeClay
TGI Studio LLC
The Asylum
The Curio Fairy
The Queen of Arts~Curiosities by Adrienne
TheCBKShop
ThePrplePumpkin
Throws like a Girl
Twisted Spinnerz
Witching Flower

BEER NEWS

Not local news but important Wold Cup news for all my footie fans out there.

DC Council approves measure allowing bars to stay open 24 hours during World Cup – WTOP

D.C. Council passed an emergency measure to allow bars, restaurants and breweries in the District to stay open 24 hours a day during the World Cup, which will take place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18 in Qatar.

Places that sell alcohol normally would close at 2 a.m. on weekdays and at 3 a.m. on weekends.

Now they will be able to sell booze until 4 a.m. and remain open 24 hours, but they would have to pause their alcohol service between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Answers 8th Anniversary, Rocktoberfest, Oktoberfest, Final Gravity 7th Anniversary

It’s still feeling very Oktoberfesty out there also Anniversaryly.

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The Answers 8th Anniversary!
September 23-25th

When the Answer opened we all thought it should be pretty good since An has impeccable beer tastes. After 8 years we haven’t been disappointed. Beer truly is the Answer.

The Answer’s 8th Anniversary is upon us!! This will a 3 day outdoor tented event Fri, Sat and Sun!!
Bring your chairs, get your line life gear ready and lets prepare to party!!!
Trust us!! This is the one event you will NOT want to miss!!
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR DAILY UPDATES AND ADDITIONS TO THE SCHEDULE!!!
Food Trucks on site:
1. Ato’s Sisig and Grill #atossisigandgrill
2. Amusing Maria #amusingmaria
3. King of Popz #Kingofpopz
4. TBT El Gallo #tbtelgallo
5. Noahs Rockin’ Buns #noahsrockinbuns
6. Eat My Egg Roll #eatmyeggroll
7. Latin Quarter Kitchen #latinquarterRVA

Rocktoberfest at Center of the Universe
September 24-25th

COTU gets bonus points for the name Rocktoberfest. A clever name almost always guarantees you a spot on the Explorer list.

Rocktoberfest is back and we are bringing the heat to the stage in 2022. Enjoy liters of beer, German Faire, and live music all weekend long! No, we aren’t putting you to sleep with Oompah music, we are lighting the stage up with 5 different bands playing everything from covers to rocking originals. Free admission, open to all ages, and leashed (and friendly) dogs welcome on the beer garden.

🎸 Band Schedule 🎸

Saturday 9/24:
12-2:30pm – James River Junction is back to pack the house out again. Playing classics that cover multiple decades, this local band will keep your toes tapping all afternoon!
3-5:30pm – Room For Improvement is next on stay playing a mix of classic rock and blues cover music.
6-8:30pm– Bombage Band is in the house! These guys are Ashland locals and are no strangers to our Biergarten. These vet performers gonna rock us through the end of the day and leave you wanting more for Sunday.
Sunday 9/25
1-3:30pm – COTU classic Something Shiny takes the stage to kick off Sunday.
Their unique twist on songs coupled with their humorous stage banter work together to present a most unusual acoustic show. Sit back and enjoy as they play songs spanning 5 decades and several genres in an effort to play ALL your favorite songs in both familiar and very different ways.
4 – 6:30pm – The “Chad’s Fault” duo takes us to the finish line! A fusion of country, rock, and blues, this musical duo delivers popular covers and undiscovered gems. Features the powerful vocals of Vonda Fox and the multi-instrumental musings of Tim Robinson.


Oktoberfest at Strangeways Brewing
September 24-25th

Boo, hiss, boo, no clever name. At least they’ve got clever beer and a Masskrugstemmen Competition. I don’t have any idea what a Masskrugstemmen Competition but I’m going to assume it involves bratwurst slapping. J/K – Masskrugstemmen (literally, “beer-stein holding”) is a traditional Bavarian endurance contest during which contestants must hold a one-liter stein of beer in one outstretched arm for as long as possible.

Come celebrate Oktoberfest with us at Strangeways Brewing on Sept 24th & 25th with Six Ways Market!
9/24
– 20+ local vendors
– $25 gift card raffle entry for every Fest purchase (13oz, 20oz, or Stein)
– Best lederhosen contest (come to bar and let us snap a picture for entry!)
– Masskrugstemmen Competition at 2pm
– Purchase a Strangeways Stein and Fest Beer fill for $25
– Smashed RVA serving up the best smash burgers in Richmond!
9/25
– 20+ local vendors
– $25 gift card raffle entry for every Fest purchase (13oz, 20oz, or Stein)
– Best lederhosen contest (come to bar and let us snap a picture for entry!)
– Masskrugstemmen Competition at 2pm
– Purchase a Strangeways Stein and Fest Beer fill for $25
As an extra special treat we are releasing our Gourd of Thunder Pumpkin Porter along with its gingerbread variant the same weekend!

Final Gravity’s 7th Anniversary Party
September 25th

Final Gravity makes some of the best beers in town and still feels like a local joint. It is arguably the best reason to go to Lakeside. It’s unarguably the best reason to go to Lakeside on Sunday.

Final Gravity Brewing Co. is turning 7 and we’re excited to celebrate with you all! We’ll again be taking over the large parking lot out back and filling it with amazing food from River City Wood Fire Pizza and Smashed RVA Burgers, a plethora of amazing guest taps from local and regional breweries, special Final Gravity Anniversary brews, live music by the Hot Seats Bluegrass Band and another band-TBA. and special anniversary merchandise.

Want to skip the lines at FINAL GRAVITY’S 7TH ANNIVERSARY! party this Sunday, September 25th? Limited glassware tickets are available to purchase in the taproom- Buy your glass ticket today for $10 and pick up at the event. You can also purchase beer tickets all week -$6 a ticket will get you pours from 13 different breweries including taps from Brasserie Cantillon, Widowmaker Brewing, Coastal Fermentory, Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, Civil Society Brewing, Dssolvr, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Torch & Crown Brewing Company, Funktastic Meads, Prairie Artisan Ales, Põhjala Brewery! And of course there will be plenty of OG Final Gravity brews and a few new ones too! Stay tuned!
Our fabulous anniversary design was made by Mended Arrow Design! Thanks Bizhan!

BEER NEWS

I hate with a red-hot passion any list that is compiled by folks filling out a form online. That being said I have no major problems with the two beer-related categories from a recent RTD “Best of” lists. Although before this list I had never heard of Southern Revere Cellars. They’re located in Louisa and closer to Charlottesville than Richmond. That puts them 51 miles from my home in Westover Hills. From the Southern Revere Cellars Facebook, it does look like a nice spot and if I’m in the area I’ll give it a shot but 51 miles sure ain’t local.

BEST LOCAL BREWERY

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Richmond Beer Explorer: Farmhouse Pumpkin Fest, Artisan Market, Best Friend Fest Redo, Trash Pick-up

Richmond loves fall festivals. This weekend is no exception with the biggie beery Oktoberfest leading the pack.

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Farmhouse Pumpkin Fest at Hardywood Ownby Lane
September 17th

What time is it pumpkin? Why it’s pumpkin time. No reports of whether the Pumpkin King will be there or not.

We’re ready to boot scootin’ boogie at our first ever Farmhouse Pumpkin Fest!
We have a full day of great music, food, and beer planned. Grab a pumpkin beer and enjoy a great line-up for free music at our Richmond location.

Music Line-Up:
🍂 Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
🍂 John R Miller
🍂 Woody Woodworth & The Piners
🍂 Lord Nelson
🍂 The Wilson Springs Hotel
🍂 The Resonant Rogues
🍂 Old Gun Road
🍂 Ward Harrison
🍂 Moose Trap
🍂 Brand Franklin
🍂 Mackenzie Roark

Food: Hardywood Pizza Kitchen + Cheesaggedon + La Bete + Westrays Finest Ice Cream

Beer Release: Pappy’s Pumpkin Pie
Original artwork by Hannah Tatum at @grassspot

2022 Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery
September 18th

I say it every time markets and beer make for more purchases. An opportunity to support your local brewery and local artisans.

Come out and shop local at our Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery!
Craft Beer, Live Music, Food Trucks, & Artisans selling handmade home décor, art, jewelry, apparel, food products, and more! We are an outdoor, open-air market. Come out to support our community and shop small! Pet friendly!

Best Friend Fest at Veil Brewing Scott’s Addition & Norfolk Redo
September 18th

This was scheduled for last week but rain got in the way. I’m hoping if I go I can find a best friend. I’m sooo lonely. Will you be my best friend, please. Oh wait this is about dogs being man’s best friend. I don’t have one of those either. Soooo lonely.

🐶The Veil Best Friend Fest! 🐶
🐕A day to celebrate your dog! 🐕
We are so excited to bring a new event to y’all September 11th from 12-4pm, at both NFK and SA this year all about your pup. 🎾
We will be giving away The Veil frisbees to the first 50 people at SA + NFK. They are sickkkkk so stay tuned for that drop 👀. We will have doggie pools, photo-booths, and @fetchacure will be with us. FETCH a Cure’s mission is to provide pet cancer awareness, education and treatment funding to animals and pet parents in need.
@billycrystalfingers will be DJIng all your doggies favorite hits in SA and @zaiiiperez will be djing in NFK!
@191smokery and @fat_tylers_meat_cart_ will be in SA serving up some 🔥 @fat_tylers_meat_cart_ will be slinging dog treats for your furry friend and hot dogs for humans! @westraysfinest ice cream will be here with ice cream for both human and dogs 🐩
@lilza.pizzeria will be throwing pies all day in NFK and possibly some specials to celebrate the occasion. Ice cream for you and your dog guaranteed at the party! 🐶 🍕🍨


Trash Pick Up – Adopt a Mile at Triple Crossing Fulton
September 18th

Many people are disgusting pigs that litter. Many other people are awesome and make beer and clean up after the disgusting ones. Be Awesome.

On Sunday, September 18th, Triple Crossing will meet up at the Four Mile Creek Trailhead Parking Lot and we’re seeking volunteers to help keep Richmond clean

Virginia Capital Trail Parking Lot
3256 New Market Rd
Henrico, VA 23231
10am start
All trash pick up gear will be provided, as well as water and snacks for volunteers.
Cleaning Mile 41 (a short walk from the parking lot)
After Party at Fulton at 12pm sponsored by Triple Crossing.
Please RSVP to volunteer by emailing [email protected]

BEER NEWS

This slipped under my beer radar last week. I view this as a good sign.

Developers tweak two-tower plan to preserve more of Legend’s view – Richmond BizSense

But following discussions with the neighborhood, most notably Legend Brewing Co., whose patio view would’ve been significantly obscured by the buildings, Avery Hall is now planning to shift the western building 81 feet to the east and 20 feet closer to the river, a move they say will preserve significantly more of the view of downtown from Legend’s deck. The land to the west that the building would have occupied will instead be a courtyard.

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